Planting trees, part of the sustainability program at Lapa Rios, a National Geographic Unique Lodge

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is a founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. The founding collection features only 24 properties across six continents and includes lodges in South Africa, Peru, Canada, Tanzania, Chile, Bhutan, Malaysian Borneo, Morocco, Greece, the USA, and Australia. Lapa Rios is considered a pioneer in sustainable luxury lodges.
A Costa Rican Sloth after a rain shower.
Each of the 24 chosen properties underwent a comprehensive vetting process. Sustainable tourism best practices were reviewed along with the quality of guest experiences, to ensure they enabled guests to engage with local people and local customs. The actual properties of the lodges themselves were also reviewed to ensure the design and character is unique and authentic, providing a true sense of place while celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.

Lapa Rios has been in operation since 1993 and is the vision of John and Karen Lewis. Their plan was to celebrate and preserve the Osa Peninsula’s incredible biodiversity by offering environmentally friendly luxury accommodations. Come find out what makes Lapa Rios such a special place, and according to National Geographic, “It would be hard to find a more authentic rain forest experience than this.”

Lapa Rios is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges that operates properties in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.